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Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles 




The Women's March on Washington is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, 
ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities and backgrounds in our nation’s capital on January 
21, 2017, to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self- 

Recognizing that women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social 
justice and human rights issues, we have outlined a representative vision for a government that is based 
on the principles of liberty and justice for all. As Dr. King said, ‘‘We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, 
we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. ” 

Our liberation is bound in each other’s. The Women’s March on Washington includes leaders of 
organizations and communities that have been building the foundation for social progress for 
generations. We welcome vibrant collaboration and honor the legacy of the movements before us - the 
suffragists and abolitionists, the Civil Rights Movement, the feminist movement, the American Indian 
Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Marriage Equality, Black Lives Matter, and more - by employing a 
decentralized, leader-full structure and focusing on an ambitious, fundamental and comprehensive 


We are empowered by the legions of revolutionary leaders who paved the way for us to march, and 
acknowledge those around the globe who fight for our freedoms. We honor these women and so many 
more. They are #WH YWEM ARCH . 

Bella Abzug • Corazon Aquino • Ella Baker • Grace Lee Boggs 
Berta Caceres • Rachel Carson • Shirley Chisholm • Angela Davis 
Miss Major Griffin Gracy • LaDonna Harris • Dorothy I. Height 
bell hooks • Judith Heumann • Dolores Huerta • Marsha P. Johnson 
Barbara Jordan • Yuri Kochiyama • Winona LaDuke 
Audre Lorde • Wilma Mankiller • Diane Nash • Sylvia Rivera 
Barbara Smith • Gloria Steinem • Hannah G. Solomon 
Harriet Tubman • Edith Windsor • Malala Yousafzai 


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• We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. 
This is the basic and original tenet for which we unite to March on Washington. 

• We believe Gender Justice is Racial Justice is Economic Justice. We must create a society in 
which all women — including Black women, Indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, 
disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women — are free and able to care for and 
nurture themselves and their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free 
from structural impediments. 

• Women have the right to live full and healthy lives, free of all forms of violence against our 
bodies. One in three women have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner 
within their lifetime; and one in five women have been raped. Further, each year, thousands of women 
and girls, particularly Black, Indigenous and trans gender women and girls, are kidnapped, trafficked, or 
murdered. We honor the lives of those women who were taken before their time and we affirm that we 
work for a day when all forms of violence against women are eliminated. 

• We believe in accountability and justice for police brutality and ending racial profiling and 
targeting of communities of color and Indigenous peoples. Women of color and Indigenous women are 
killed in police custody at greater rates, and are more likely to be sexually assaulted by police, and 
women with disabilities are disproportionately likely to experience use of force at the hands of police, 
and sexual assault in general. We also call for an immediate end to arming police with the military grade 
weapons and military tactics that are wreaking havoc on communities of color and sovereign tribal 
lands. No woman or mother should have to fear that her loved ones will be harmed at the hands of those 
sworn to protect. 

• We believe it is our moral imperative to dismantle the gender and racial inequities within the 
criminal justice system. The rate of imprisonment has grown faster for women than men, increasing by 
700% since 1980, and the majority of women in prison have a child under the age of 18. Incarcerated 
women also face a high rate of violence and sexual assault. We are committed to ensuring access to 
gender-responsive programming and dedicated healthcare including substance abuse treatment, mental 
and maternal health services for women in prison. We believe in the promise of restorative justice and 
alternatives to incarceration. We are also committed to disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline that 
prioritizes incarceration over education by systematically funneling our children — particularly children 
of color, queer and trans youth, foster care children, and girls — into the justice system. 

• We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts 
or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS 


Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles 

care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, 
affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. We 
understand that we can only have reproductive justice when reproductive health care is accessible to all 
people regardless of income, location or education. 

• We believe in Gender Justice. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from 
gender norms, expectations and stereotypes. We must free ourselves and our society from the institution 
of awarding power, agency and resources disproportionately to masculinity to the exclusion of others. 

• We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, 
expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans, two-spirit or gender non-conforming 
brothers, sisters and siblings. This includes access to non-judgmental, comprehensive healthcare with 
no exceptions or limitations; access to name and gender changes on identity documents; full anti- 
discrimination protections; access to education, employment, housing and benefits; and an end to police 
and state violence. 

• We believe in an economy powered by transparency, accountability, security and equity. We 
believe that creating workforce opportunities that reduce discrimination against women and mothers 
allow economies to thrive. Nations and industries that support and invest in caregiving and basic 
workplace protections — including benefits like paid family leave, access to affordable childcare, sick 
days, healthcare, fan - pay, vacation time, and healthy work environments — have shown growth and 
increased capacity. 

• We believe in equal pay for equal work and the right of all women to be paid equitably. We must 
end the pay and hiring discrimination that women, particularly mothers, women of color, Indigenous 
women, lesbian, queer and trans women still face each day in our nation, as well as discrimination again 
workers with disabilities, who can currently legally be paid less than federal minimum wage. Many 
mothers have always worked and in our modern labor force; and women are now 50% of all family 
breadwinners. We stand for the 82% of women who become moms, particularly moms of color, being 
paid, judged, and treated fairly. Equal pay for equal work will lift families out of poverty and boost our 
nation’s economy. 

• We recognize that women of color and Indigenous women carry the heaviest burden in the 
global and domestic economic landscape, particularly in the care economy. We further affirm that all 
care work— caring for the elderly, caring for the chronically ill, caring for children and supporting 
independence for people with disabilities— is work, and that the burden of care falls disproportionately 
on the shoulders of women, particularly women of color. We stand for the rights, dignity, and fair 
treatment of all unpaid and paid caregivers. We must repair and replace the systemic disparities that 
permeate caregiving at every level of society. 


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• We believe that all workers - including domestic and farm workers - must have the right to 
organize and fight for a living minimum wage, and that unions and other labor associations are critical to 
a healthy and thriving economy for all. Undocumented and migrant workers must be included in our 
labor protections, and we stand in full solidarity with the sex workers’ rights movement. We recognize 
that exploitation for sex and labor in all forms is a violation of human rights. 

• We believe Civil Rights are our birthright. Our Constitutional government establishes a 
framework to provide and expand rights and freedoms-not restrict them. To this end, we must protect 
and restore all the Constitutionally-mandated rights to all our citizens, including voting rights, freedom 
to worship without fear of intimidation or harassment, freedom of speech, and protections for all citizens 
regardless of race, gender, age or disability. We honor and respect tribal laws and jurisdictions. 

• We support Indigenous women’s right to access, own, develop and control land and its 
resources. We affirm that now is the time for the U.S. implementation of the UN Declaration on the 
Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to honor existing treaty rights and fulfill promises made. 

• We believe that all women’s issues are issues faced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. 
As mothers, sisters, daughters, and contributing members of this great nation, we seek to break barriers 
to access, inclusion, independence, and the full enjoyment of citizenship at home and around the world. 
We strive to be fully included in and contribute to all aspects of American life, economy, and culture. 

• We believe it is time for an all-inclusive Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

Most Americans believe the Constitution guarantees equal rights, but it does not. The 14 th Amendment 
has been undermined by courts and cannot produce real equity on the basis of race and/or sex. And in a 
true democracy, each citizen’s vote should count equally. All Americans deserve equality guarantees in 
the Constitution that cannot be taken away or disregarded, recognizing the reality that inequalities 
intersect, interconnect and overlap. 

• Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe 
in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin. It is our moral duty to keep 
families together and empower all aspiring Americans to fully participate in, and contribute to, our 
economy and society. We reject mass deportation, family detention, violations of due process and 
violence against queer and trans migrants. Immigration reform must establish a roadmap to citizenship, 
and provide equal opportunities and workplace protections for all. We recognize that the call to action to 
love our neighbor is not limited to the United States, because there is a global migration crisis. We 
believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal. 


Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles 

• We believe that every person, every community and Indigenous peoples in our nation have the 
right to clean water, clean air, and access to and enjoyment of public lands. We believe that our 
environment and our climate must be protected, and that our land and natural resources cannot be 
exploited for corporate gain or greed — especially at the risk of public safety and health. 

• We recognize that to achieve any of the goals outlined within this statement, we must work 
together to end war and live in peace with our sisters and brothers around the world. Ending war means 
a cessation to the direct and indirect aggression caused by the war economy and the concentration of 
power in the hands of a wealthy elite who use political, social, and economic systems to safeguard and 
expand their power. 


Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles 


The guiding vision and definition of principles were prepared by a broad and diverse group of leaders. 
The Women’s March on Washington is grateful to all contributors, listed and unlisted, for their 
dedication in shaping this agenda. 

J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice 
Monifa Bandele, Vice President, MomsRising 

Zahra Billoo, Council on American Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area 

Gaylynn Burroughs, Director of Policy & Research, Feminist Majority Foundation 

Melanie L. Campbell, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, President & CEO, NCBCP 

Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Interim Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s 

Alida Garcia, Immigrant Rights & Diversity Advocate 

Alicia Garza, National Domestic Workers Alliance 

Indigenous Women Rise Collective 

Carol Jenkins, Board of Directors, ERA Coalition 

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, President, Incite Unlimited, LLC 

Carol Joyner, Director, Labor Project for Working Families, Family Values @ Work 
Janet Mock, Activist and author of Redefining Realness and Surpassing Certainty 
Jessica Neuwirth, President, ERA Coalition 
Terry O’Neill, President, National Organization for Women (NOW) 

Carmen Perez, Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice 

Jody Rabhan, Director of Washington Operations, National Coucnil of Jewish Women 

Kelley Robinson, Deputy National Organizing Director, Planned Parenthood Federation of America 

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, MomsRising 

Linda Sarsour, Founder, MPower Change 

Heidi L. Sieck, Co-Founder/CEO, #VOTEPROCHOICE 

Emily Tisch Sussman, Campaign Director, Center for American Progress 

Jennifer Tucker, Senior Policy Advisor, Black Women’s Roundtable 

Winnie Wong, Activist, Organizer and Co-Founder, People for Bernie